Statement : Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

October 17, 2019 Statement
"CWD doesn’t just threaten our public health and the health of wildlife. It also puts a significant revenue stream at risk for local communities and an important source of funding for State wildlife management and conservation activities."
September 19, 2019 Statement
"The impacts of marine debris will require all of us working together to improve coastal waste management, identify probable sources of this pollution, understand the method of transport, and devise creative solutions and mitigation strategies to fix this global trash problem."
July 24, 2019 Statement
"Providing the necessary school buildings and infrastructure for learning is an essential part of the Federal government’s trust responsibility to tribal nations. Funding education construction has been a priority for me and my colleagues on this subcommittee as we crafted our bill. The impact of the condition of school facilities on the educational achievements of students is well-documented. Children need safe and welcoming spaces to be healthy and engaged and ready to learn."
June 19, 2019 Statement
"Today we continue investing For the People with H.R. 3055, consisting of five fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills that offer a brighter future for American families and make American communities safer and stronger."
May 22, 2019 Statement
"The Committee continues our work for the people with the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which would make sound investments to protect the health and safety of Americans, preserve our rich cultural heritage, and conserve our environment for future generations. This bill marks a serious investment in these priorities, with much-needed increases after years of inadequate funding."
May 22, 2019 Statement
"This bill rejects cuts proposed by the Trump Administration, including those that would have harmed the ability of the EPA to keep our communities safe and healthy, defunded the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and decimated scientific research to combat climate change. Instead, we are choosing to make important investments to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. We are honoring our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to provide for the health, safety, and education of our Native American brothers and sisters. And, we are prioritizing funding to research, combat, and adapt to climate change."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"With increased investments through this Committee, we can rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, protect our environment, and improve the health of Americans. As stewards of the taxpayer dollar, this subcommittee is obligated to make sound investments that protect the health and safety of Americans, preserve our rich cultural heritage, and conserve our environment for the benefit of future generations. The Fiscal Year 2020 Interior and the Environment Appropriations bill marks a serious investment in each of these priorities, with much-needed increases after years of inadequate funding."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"This bill rejects cuts proposed by the Trump Administration, including those that would have harmed the ability of the EPA to keep our communities safe and healthy. The President’s budget defunded the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and decimated scientific research to combat climate change. Instead, we are choosing to make important investments to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. We are prioritizing our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to provide for the health, safety, and education of our Native American brothers and sisters."
May 7, 2019 Statement
"I have spoken at length about the details of these cuts in the other hearings, but the bottom line is this: the unrealistic funding levels in the Trump budget cause needless worry by the many Americans who care deeply about our public lands, and the federal employees and volunteers who work to protect them. If enacted in its current form—which it will not be—this budget would have a significant negative impact on our Nation’s public lands."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"Much more work is needed to fulfill our obligations to Native America, and the proposed budget cuts do not help."

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